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A few weeks ago, we launched an important new part of the Affordable Care Act.  

It’s called the Marketplace. And for Americans without health insurance, and Americans who buy insurance on their own because they can’t get it at work, it’s a very big deal.

It was a very instructional weekly address that Barack Obama gave this morning, focusing on the mechanics of applying for a "big group plan" enabled under the Affordable Care Act.

He acknowledge the well-publicized problems with healthcare.gov, the enrollment website, but pointed out a great many Americans actually have visited the site:

The site has been visited more than 20 million times so far.  Nearly 700,000 people have applied for coverage already. That proves just how much demand there is for these new quality, affordable health care choices. And that’s why, in the coming weeks, we are going to get it working as smoothly as it’s supposed to. We’ve got people working overtime, 24/7, to boost capacity and address these problems, every single day.
He gave directions and numbers on how to reach the Marketplace via phone and alternative web addresses, and then he poked a little fun at the Republicans making hay of the glitches, acknowledging that he is proud to sound, in this case, like an "insurance salesman":
That’s why it’s also interesting to see Republicans in Congress expressing so much concern that people are having trouble buying health insurance through the new website – especially considering they’ve spent the last few years so obsessed with denying those same people access to health insurance that they just shut down the government and threatened default over it.

As I’ve said many times before, I’m willing to work with anyone, on any idea, who’s actually willing to make this law perform better. But it’s well past the time for folks to stop rooting for its failure. Because hardworking, middle-class families are rooting for its success.

And he closed with reminding listeners of what he—and health care reform advocates and Democrats—have been fighting for:
We did not fight so hard for this reform for so many years just to build a website. We did it to free millions of American families from the awful fear that one illness or injury – to yourself or your child – might cost you everything you’d worked so hard to build. We did it to cement the principle that in this country, the security of health care is not a privilege for a fortunate few, but a right for every one of us to enjoy. We have already delivered on part of that promise, and we will not rest until the work is done.
To read the transcript in full, check below the fold or visit the White House website.

Remarks for President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
October 26, 2013

Hi, everybody. A few weeks ago, we launched an important new part of the Affordable Care Act.  

It’s called the Marketplace. And for Americans without health insurance, and Americans who buy insurance on their own because they can’t get it at work, it’s a very big deal.  

If you’re one of those people, the Affordable Care Act makes you part of a big group plan for the first time. The Marketplace is where you can apply and shop for affordable new health insurance choices. It gathers insurers under one system to compete for your business. And that choice and competition have actually helped bring prices down.

Ultimately, the easiest way to buy insurance in this Marketplace will be a new website, HealthCare.gov. But as you may have heard, the site isn’t working the way it’s supposed to yet. That’s frustrating for all of us who have worked so hard to make sure everyone who needs it gets health care. And it’s especially frustrating for the Americans who’ve been trying to get covered. The site has been visited more than 20 million times so far.  Nearly 700,000 people have applied for coverage already. That proves just how much demand there is for these new quality, affordable health care choices. And that’s why, in the coming weeks, we are going to get it working as smoothly as it’s supposed to. We’ve got people working overtime, 24/7, to boost capacity and address these problems, every single day.

But even as we improve the website, remember that the website isn’t the only way to apply for coverage under these new plans. We’ve updated HealthCare.gov to offer more information about enrolling over the phone, by mail, or in person with a specially-trained navigator who can help answer your questions. Just call 1-800-318-2596 or visit LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov. Don’t worry – these plans will not sell out. We’re only a few weeks into a six-month open enrollment period, and everyone who wants insurance through the Marketplace will get it.

Some people have poked fun at me this week for sounding like an insurance salesman.  And that’s okay. I’d still be out there championing this law even if the website were perfect. I’ll never stop fighting to help more hardworking Americans know the economic security of health care. That’s something we should all want.

That’s why it’s also interesting to see Republicans in Congress expressing so much concern that people are having trouble buying health insurance through the new website – especially considering they’ve spent the last few years so obsessed with denying those same people access to health insurance that they just shut down the government and threatened default over it.

As I’ve said many times before, I’m willing to work with anyone, on any idea, who’s actually willing to make this law perform better. But it’s well past the time for folks to stop rooting for its failure. Because hardworking, middle-class families are rooting for its success.

The Affordable Care Act gives people who’ve been stuck with sky-high premiums because of preexisting conditions the chance to get affordable insurance for the first time.  

This law means that women can finally buy coverage that doesn’t charge them higher premiums than men for the same care.  

And everyone who already has health insurance, whether through your employer, Medicare, or Medicaid, will keep the benefits and protections this law has already put in place. Three million more young adults have health insurance on their parents’ plans because of the Affordable Care Act. More than six million people on Medicare have saved an average of $1,000 on their prescription medicine because of the Affordable Care Act. Last year, more than 8 million Americans received half a billion dollars in refunds from their insurers because of the Affordable Care Act. And for tens of millions of women, preventive care like mammograms and birth control are free because of the Affordable Care Act.  

That’s all part of this law, and it’s here to stay.

We did not fight so hard for this reform for so many years just to build a website. We did it to free millions of American families from the awful fear that one illness or injury – to yourself or your child – might cost you everything you’d worked so hard to build. We did it to cement the principle that in this country, the security of health care is not a privilege for a fortunate few, but a right for every one of us to enjoy. We have already delivered on part of that promise, and we will not rest until the work is done.

Thank you, and have a great weekend.

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  •  It's a sad day, indeed, when the POTUS is reduced (4+ / 0-)

    to a guy flogging crappy insurance.

    Obama happily embraces insurance-salesman-in-chief role in weekly address
    Willy Loman wept.

    Self awareness is one of God's greatest gifts. Don't waste it.

    by SpamNunn on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:03:18 AM PDT

    •  Phooey. Lots of people need insurance, lots of (17+ / 0-)

      poor folks will listen to Obama, who won't listen to the polished spiels of white-collar profiteers.

      BTN

      Better than Nothing.

      Think about it.

      "Where some see a system for encouraging discussion . . . others see an echo chamber of bad grammar, unchecked stupidity, and constructive interference . . . " -- Ars Technica

      by Rikon Snow on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:11:41 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I understand you provide stellar insurance (25+ / 0-)

      for your employees SpamNunn- kudos to you for that.  

      But really, why do you keep beating the horse that is leading 30 million other Americans to affordable health care?  They don't have the fortune of working for people like you.  

      I do ACA presentations for the working poor - people who work as waitresses, bartenders, and retail clerks.  None of whom have employers like you who offer health insurance.  

      ACA isn't "crappy" insurance to someone who has no insurance.  It's not even "crappy" insurance to someone who pays $1500 a month in premiums on the private market now for an individual policy.

      Don't you want them to gain access to affordable health care?

      What is your proposal for the 30 million?

      We are all in this together.

      by htowngenie on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:16:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  You won't get an answer to your question. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Patate, Lefty Ladig

        To Spam, anything short of theoretical perfection is tainted.

        Nothing worth noting at the moment.

        by Bonsai66 on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:56:00 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  I would gladly subsidize basic insurance coverage (0+ / 0-)

        and well care for those United States citizens who truly cannot afford it until they could afford or had private insurance available to them.   A health care safety net, if you wlll.  

        I would be shocked if there are 30 million people who meet those criteria.   I want those who do to have health care, but not at the expense of my employee's coverage.  There is a way to do that without going to the extend of the ACA.

        Let's be honest.  The President wants us on the road to government run single payer.   He couldn't say that, though, could he?   Thus, the ACA was born, to put us on that road.

        Self awareness is one of God's greatest gifts. Don't waste it.

        by SpamNunn on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 10:02:43 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  It may be crappy to you but it's a godsend (5+ / 0-)

      for many, many others.

      tell mr. godot I'm walking the dog

      by chicago minx on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:27:15 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  It's helping Americans. That's grand enough (4+ / 0-)
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      Bonsai66, Patate, FiredUpInCA, jim bow

      for the office of President.  

      "One faction of one party in one House of Congress in one branch of government doesn't get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election."

      by Inland on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:53:18 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Ah, Bullshit! (7+ / 0-)

      Your ODS is occluding your judgement.

      Bad form for a liberal, since we're supposed to be the analytical ones.

      My ex-wife now has real coverage for half the cost of her catastrophic plan last year.

      That's real progress, (unless you're into unicorns, as you apparently are).

      Nothing worth noting at the moment.

      by Bonsai66 on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:53:59 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  What crappy insurance? (3+ / 0-)
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      Patate, FiredUpInCA, Bonsai66

      Sounds like you are not one of the millions of Americans who lack health insurance because  they can't afford it or have a pre-existing condition.

      Why are you against Obamacare, which was designed by Republicans, and has proven  successful in Massachusetts, where almost 100% of the population is enrolled?

      Why do you want to deny health insurance to the most needy of your fellow Americans?

    •  But Somebody help me out here... Seriously (1+ / 0-)
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      SpamNunn

      Truthfully I wasn't enamored of the final version of this deal because of the way they let the insurance companies write the law. I haven't given more than cursory attention to the details because I live on a very dinky SS check and fud stamps, so there's no way I'll be able to afford corporate insurance at any price.

      Now the screaming, the tearing of hair and the rending of garments is done and the law is in effect.

      I've got a gaggle of extended family who are ardent TPers and naturally hate and despise Obama and anything he does/says/thinks. They all communicate through FB, so I've been dropping in on the ringleader's page to see what's being said. Here are a few comments I've seen posted (these are from several people):

      Our deductible has doubled plus we'll pay 45% more per month

      In 2016 group rates will no longer priced specifically for the group, but based on the community's experience.

      family plan was $561. New rate for same plan $813 or we can reduce benefits.

      No employer insurance and pre-existing conditions (covered through VA) disqualified us for a lot. Quote for family plan and it was over $1000 a month.

      As I said, I haven't paid attention to rules, pricing, details, etc. because.... But is what these people are saying the norm? Are people's premuims going up while coverage goes down? If so, therein lies proof of why I didn't love this deal in the first place. Let me add that none of these people are hurting financially. They're all professionals with VERY good paying jobs. Does that make a diff?

      What do I say to them in defense of ACA when they spout off to me about this? And rest assured they will the first chance they get 'cause they know who I voted for.

      Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

      by Pariah Dog on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 08:39:38 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Why, tell them that's all BS, and Republican (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Lefty Ladig

        fear mongering, or an anomaly, and that 30 million people now have coverage that they didn't have before.  Repeat as necessary.

        Self awareness is one of God's greatest gifts. Don't waste it.

        by SpamNunn on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 10:05:21 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  This is what they say (0+ / 0-)

          were quotes they got off the website.

          Perhaps they're lying? I notice none of them said anything about having any trouble getting in or signing up. I have heard other people saying their premiums are a lot more. Just trying to get a handle on all this. Too much misinformation and hystrionics going on.

          Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

          by Pariah Dog on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 05:12:40 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  There were some folks on Hannity (0+ / 0-)

        who repeated almost exactly these same complaints.  A journalist checked out their stories and found that in every case there were misrepresentation of facts and in a few instances the complainers had never actually tried to shop and compare programs.  They never logged onto an ACA website or called someone to discuss their options.

        The argument that costs are going up is a sign of a private insurance plan.  The overall trend for the last three years has been a slower climb in insurance rates so again it is hard to say if they were outraged when they were getting their insurance rates skyrocket boosted before the ACA became law.

    •  Crappy, as in: (0+ / 0-)

      A single individual
      aged 30
      Mobile, Alabama
      making $20,000/year

      Blue Silver Saver Plan from BCBS
      $85/mo
      yearly out of pocket maximum $2250

      The oop maximum is apportioned between a $250 deductible, reduced copays, and reduced coinsurance.

      That's not French by any means, but crappy is an absurd exaggeration.

      We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

      by bmcphail on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 01:37:19 PM PDT

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  •  I just watched Russell Brand's epic interview (11+ / 0-)

    on inequality and apathy of the politicians who are invested in keeping the system as it is to their advantage. The ACA is perhaps the most serious attempt in decades to address the inequality and create a system that works for 'the people'. Yes, it works for the insurance companies in a big way but they, for the first time, must use 80% of their revenue towards patient care. And, of course, the elimination of pre existing clauses moves us towards more equality. I have been excited since this bill became law and, even if it was the only accomplishment of President Obama's tenure, it will forever be the biggest FD in my lifetime.

  •  More corporate welfare. (2+ / 0-)
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    CarolinNJ, socialismorbarbarism

    Obama: self-described Republican; backed up by right-wing policies

    by The Dead Man on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:14:15 AM PDT

  •  Medicare for All (3+ / 0-)

    The SNAFU's with trying to coordinate a bunch of private insurance plans and the NOT SURPRISE that it is leading to some problems is ironic that we see a so many on 'the left' rooting for private insurance

    These problems are a great case for Medicare for All - One plan that everyone can access

    THIS is the time that the left should be pushing Single Payer as simpler, more efficient, more cost effective and simply better than this absurd "marketplace"

    "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

    by josephk on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:16:02 AM PDT

    •  We can barely get ACA on the table, how do you (14+ / 0-)

      propose to get Medicare For All after ACA fails?  If you want Medicare For All (which I do) you will work very hard to make sure ACA is a success.  It's the pathway to Medicare For All.  

      We are all in this together.

      by htowngenie on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:28:46 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  ACA - enshrine and subsidize Private Insurance (1+ / 0-)
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        CarolinNJ

        Personally, I don't see how making sure that model succeeds helps lead to single payer

        However - the Medicaid expansion - for the states that have opted in for that - THAT part is working well.  Why not focus attention on the success of THAT part of the ACA.

        Sorry - You are not going to be able to provide any rationalization that will sway me to providing huge subsidies to an industry that I fundamentally believe is counter to successful healthcare policy

        Are there some states that are doing it right? - Maybe, I don't honestly know because I live in Virginia - a state that is most definitely NOT doing it right - and relying on the Federal gov't

        But again, I have no idea how You can possibly make the argument that the ACA leads to single payer - I totally reject Your assertion and see absolutely no evidence or rational for such a claim.  I certainly welcome the argument if You can make it though.

        "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

        by josephk on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 08:01:53 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, the House GOP will get right on that. (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      FiredUpInCA, Patate, elmo

      Look, I don't think for-profit insurance companies are anywhere near an ideal solution but single payer has zero chance of becoming law at the moment. And Tea Partyesque denial of realty won't change that.

    •  Medicare for all in not as great (1+ / 0-)
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      josephk

      as many of you seem to think.  It would require lots of changes to be at all palatable.  It's broken up into Part A, B and D.  If you are hospitalized for a reason not on their ok list, it is paid under the outpatient portion which means you have a much bigger copay.  Many Medicare patients have a "supplement" sold by private insurers to cover the numerous things Medicare does not cover.  Part D (medication coverage) has been a joke, altho the ACA is gradually closing the gap where the patient has to pay full cost.  
      We really need a workable single payer system, but Medicare for all would be only another baby step in that direction.

      I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had. - Margaret Mead

      by fayea on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 08:32:36 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Privatization of Government Services (0+ / 0-)

        Privatization of Government Services has become endemic over the past 3 decades in the US and the adverse effects fall on us all throughout every aspect of society

        Your point on medicare is well made - however, what I would argue is that when the entire citizenry is under Medicare - the pressure to improve it would also be multiplied substantially.

        So, while the initial move might represent as You put it - a "baby step" - the final outcomes would likely be quite significant imo

        "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

        by josephk on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 08:47:01 AM PDT

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  •  Anbody have a total number of signups at (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    FiredUpInCA

    the state sites?

  •  Fake Irishman (17+ / 0-)

    has a great series of diaries up.  How many of us really know the details of how Obamacare is funded?  Why is that important?

    It turns out that this marks a major step forward for restructuring how money buys healthcare in this country.  That is one of the keys to keeping healthcare costs lower in the long term.

    Be sure to check it out.  You can get all the links from his number 4 diary.  Here is a book quote from the first diary:

    “Though this provision received scant public attention…. It represents a major shift in federal tax policy – for the first time, unearned income will be subject to Medicare taxes, albeit less than for earned income. For progressives, this is an enormous and positive breakthrough in tax policy heretofore considered untouchable; to conservatives the policy is anathema. It is a considerable factor in the conclusion reached by the Medicare trustees in August 2010 that the ACA will extend the solvency of Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust fund from 2017 to 2029.  It is impossible to imagine this provision as part of a bipartisan health reform agreement. Had it ever got to that point in negotiations, section 9015 would most certainly have been a deal breaker for Republicans. Because they were not at the table, it was acceptable, desirable and doable choice for Democrats. And the barn door is now open.”
    This is not widely known but deserves to be.  And Obamacare was revenue neutral.  The means to fund it were included in the law and they dinged the 1% pretty well for a good portion of the tab.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:20:57 AM PDT

  •  He's certainly less smarmy than any insurance (2+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, Patate

    salesperson I've ever had.

    tell mr. godot I'm walking the dog

    by chicago minx on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:25:33 AM PDT

  •  The difference between Oamacare (0+ / 0-)

    and the previous system:
    much better health care.
    The difference between Obamacare and single payer:
    $1.4 trillion.
    A year.
    $1.4 trillion a year that the fascists can use against us.

  •  One gets weary of progressives (10+ / 0-)

    joining Tea Baggers in rooting for the failure of the law--and the real help it will bring millions of Americans--simply because they can't stand Obama.  I thought we were supposed to be the people hoping for the best outcomes for people who up until now have had no where to turn.  I thought we were supposed to be the people working on their elected representatives to improve the law, step by step, as Medicare and Social Security were improved after implementation.  I thought we were the good guys.  

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:39:07 AM PDT

    •  i think aca sucks (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      dfarrah, SottoVoce

      it is corporate welfare

      it is a large step in the WRONG direction bc it drives the private health insurers ever deeper into the heart of the american health care system

      plus -- and relatedly -- aca is monstrously complicated & makes satisfying a basic need needlessly complex for average people

      remember: people need health care, not health care insurance

      nothing to do with obama, policy not politics

      •  I understand your view, and agree up (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        socialismorbarbarism

        a point.  Of course a single payer system with the profit element removed would be the best.  Perhaps I'm naive, but I believe that the ACA is only the first step.  During the struggle to pass it, not only was there a mountain of money invested in preventing such a law from being created, there was straightforward sabotage by so-called Democrats (Baucus, Liebeman to name two) with the result that the law we got was probably the strongest we could have achieved at that time.  I can't believe that group of lawmakers would have agreed to dismantle the entire private insurance system in one fell swoop.  With a different Congress, I think that a public option added to the exchanges will result in the gradual replacement of private insurance with a "medicare for all" scenario.  But first there had to be something set up to begin with.  This complex law--made more complex by the refusal by certain state governments to work toward its implementation, plus the SCOTUS' ruling that states could opt out of Medicaid expansion--is certainly no panacea.  But it does address some problems we've had: free rein for private insurance to deny or drop patients, secret pricing, too much spent on non-healthcare by private companies, etc.  By demanding actual coverage at affordable prices, with some federal subsidies to help pay, many people will be helped now.  Having the law be successful and accepted by the public, near-universal recognition that health care is a right not a privilege, is the gateway to improve the law until it really works.  

        "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

        by SottoVoce on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 09:24:07 AM PDT

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        •  thoughtful response (2+ / 0-)
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          TJ, SottoVoce

          you make some valid points

          yes, aca will provide some relief to people now & that is obviously good

          long-term, however, i see aca as a backwards move bc it institutionalizes health care as a product that must be purchased

          that, of course, is the neoliberal view, to which obama wholeheartedly ascribes

          the prevalence of the neoliberal ideology, and the fact that the president is an adherent, imo, does far more to explain why aca is designed as it is & why no public option exists

          neoliberals believe evetything must be privatized bc the market is essentially infallible

          i am not a neoliberal

          •  nor am I. (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            socialismorbarbarism

            It seems to me that no matter what, we'll still have to pay for health care, only eventually it should come from taxes and probably some contributions taken out of wages (like SS and Medicare are now).  That would be preferable to the current system under the ACA, where it's a purchased product, but that probably has to evolve as the law is improved.

            I disagree that the weaknesses of the law are more the result of the President's philosophy--as you see it--than the actions of the Congress and those that bankroll them.

            Thank you for a thoughtful back and forth.

            "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

            by SottoVoce on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 09:52:45 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  Medicare at 55 (2+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, Patate

    That's an improvement on two fronts.  So many people keep working when they could retire, but stay because of health insurance.  Buy into Medicare.  Strengthens Medicare and opens up millions of desperately needed jobs

    You're either for spying on American citizens or you are not.

    by CVDem on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 07:48:30 AM PDT

  •  should've got flo... (0+ / 0-)

    from progressive if you are going to be a sleazy insurance salesman.

  •  problems (7+ / 0-)

    Many states that opted to have local a registry have not had problems.  Also, emphasis should be placed on the states that have decided not to participate in the Medicaid expansion--the free to the states expansion.  When one party aims to destroy the other by destroying the health of its citizens, the word treason should be used.  The Rs are terrorists--their acts will kill more American citizens than will el Qaeda.

    Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. John Kenneth Galbraith .

    by melvynny on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 08:02:59 AM PDT

  •  The important thing, of course (0+ / 0-)

    it to get your foot in the door and keep on talking.

    O Salesman, my Salesman
    Though enrollment's just begun
    The site can weather no more wracks; the prize we sought's not won.
    The port seem'd near, but cries we hear of those the boat won't let on
    While follow eyes the sinking keel, the vessel heads toward bottom.

    [I apologize in advance...
    to Walt Whitman]

  •  Two yrs from now, when the consequences are on the (0+ / 0-)

    table, let's revisit this discussion.  I'm not attempting 2,000 plus pages of obfuscatory legal-medical-ese, but putting the foxes in charge of designing and building the hen houses never sounded like a good idea.

    And giving Liz Fowler charge of writing the enabling regulations, well, what can I say.

    “The road to success is always under construction” --Lily Tomlin

    by CarolinNJ on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 09:03:27 AM PDT

  •  Damn---I like this! (3+ / 0-)
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    elmo, Gilpin Guy, Lefty Ladig
    We did not fight so hard for this reform for so many years just to build a website. We did it to free millions of American families from the awful fear that one illness or injury – to yourself or your child – might cost you everything you’d worked so hard to build. We did it to cement the principle that in this country, the security of health care is not a privilege for a fortunate few, but a right for every one of us to enjoy. We have already delivered on part of that promise, and we will not rest until the work is done.

    Mayan Word For 'Apocalypse' Actually Translates More Accurately As "Time Of Pale Obese Gun Monsters."......the Onion

    by lyvwyr101 on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 09:46:37 AM PDT

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